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Albion pair on the comeback trail (updated)

The Argus: Sunderland target Will Buckley could be fit for Albion's FA Cup trip to Port Vale. Sunderland target Will Buckley could be fit for Albion's FA Cup trip to Port Vale.

Injured Albion duo Will Buckley and Craig Mackail-Smith are creeping closer to comebacks.

Buckley could be fit for the FA Cup tie at Port Vale a week tomorrow after suffering further hamstring trouble at Blackpool at the end of December.

The winger attracted a £1.75 million bid from Sunderland at the beginning of the January transfer window.

Mackail-Smith has been training with the youth team and has told The Argus he is around four weeks away from a return to first team action.

The striker has been out for ten months due to a ruptured Achilles and broken ankle sustained during his recovery.

He was involved in part of the first team training session at The Amex this morning morning before the squad travelled to Derby.

Mackail-Smith said: "It's nice to be back involved with the boys. I did probably threequarters of the session. I came out when it got a bit more intense and did my own running.

"It's the first step. I have got a bit more intensive stuff to do with the development squad and I will be fed in and out of the first team, getting stronger and getting more used to training."

Mackail-Smith's session included scoring a goal, which was greeted with a cheer by his team-mates.

"We have a lot of banter in the dressing room but they go off and train and I go off with the youth team or into the gym, so it has been hard missing that side of it,"

he said.

"It put a smile on my face when I put the ball in the back of the net and everyone started cheering."

Mackail-Smith is hoping to make his comeback in the development squad later this month.

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8:58am Fri 17 Jan 14

russellsnr2 says...

Really great news on Craig Mackail-Smith, Reckon with Ulloa up front to knock em down to CMS we can look forward to a productive front team.
Really great news on Craig Mackail-Smith, Reckon with Ulloa up front to knock em down to CMS we can look forward to a productive front team. russellsnr2
  • Score: 17

9:01am Fri 17 Jan 14

Lawro was God says...

Good News. Let's hope that Buckley's return to fitness doesn't bring about his departure.
Good News. Let's hope that Buckley's return to fitness doesn't bring about his departure. Lawro was God
  • Score: 10

9:21am Fri 17 Jan 14

brianw52 says...

Buckley is never fit and I'll be very surprised if CMS ever returns.
Buckley is never fit and I'll be very surprised if CMS ever returns. brianw52
  • Score: -40

9:35am Fri 17 Jan 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Great news about CMS, im sure every brighton supporter will be pleased with this news
Great news about CMS, im sure every brighton supporter will be pleased with this news Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: 14

9:43am Fri 17 Jan 14

AlanDuffy says...

Excellent news.....although I'm not holding my breath. With Buckley, Orlandi, Lua Lua and March all in contention, will give Oscar plenty of options. I was a bit worried with all the Grabban talk that Obika might not get a fair chance and end up another Lita, but we'll have to wait and see. Sad to see Adam go, but think it's the right move for all concerned.
Excellent news.....although I'm not holding my breath. With Buckley, Orlandi, Lua Lua and March all in contention, will give Oscar plenty of options. I was a bit worried with all the Grabban talk that Obika might not get a fair chance and end up another Lita, but we'll have to wait and see. Sad to see Adam go, but think it's the right move for all concerned. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 8

10:24am Fri 17 Jan 14

horsham says...

We'll have to wait and see with CMS. Sometimes a player does not come back so fit after serious surgery or are as mentally strong...but I hope he does well.
We'll have to wait and see with CMS. Sometimes a player does not come back so fit after serious surgery or are as mentally strong...but I hope he does well. horsham
  • Score: 7

11:42am Fri 17 Jan 14

ColinPep1 says...

horsham wrote:
We'll have to wait and see with CMS. Sometimes a player does not come back so fit after serious surgery or are as mentally strong...but I hope he does well.
Hopefully having been out so long he'll be raring to go physically and mentally. At his age he will see the next two years as his last chance to do something special and hopefully will be filled with desire to get back to his best.
[quote][p][bold]horsham[/bold] wrote: We'll have to wait and see with CMS. Sometimes a player does not come back so fit after serious surgery or are as mentally strong...but I hope he does well.[/p][/quote]Hopefully having been out so long he'll be raring to go physically and mentally. At his age he will see the next two years as his last chance to do something special and hopefully will be filled with desire to get back to his best. ColinPep1
  • Score: 6

11:54am Fri 17 Jan 14

Claude Back says...

russellsnr2 wrote:
Really great news on Craig Mackail-Smith, Reckon with Ulloa up front to knock em down to CMS we can look forward to a productive front team.
Yes, would be great but as Oscar won't play two up front unless we are losing, I shouldn't get too excited. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: Really great news on Craig Mackail-Smith, Reckon with Ulloa up front to knock em down to CMS we can look forward to a productive front team.[/p][/quote]Yes, would be great but as Oscar won't play two up front unless we are losing, I shouldn't get too excited. ;-) Claude Back
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Fri 17 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Claude Back wrote:
russellsnr2 wrote:
Really great news on Craig Mackail-Smith, Reckon with Ulloa up front to knock em down to CMS we can look forward to a productive front team.
Yes, would be great but as Oscar won't play two up front unless we are losing, I shouldn't get too excited. ;-)
Claude would agree that to play the single striker system you ideally need three fit strikers, and to play two strikers you need four, we have been lucky to have just two fit and have been as low as one. Ulloa, Obika, Grabban(possibly) and CMS, maybe Oscar can be more attack minded?
[quote][p][bold]Claude Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]russellsnr2[/bold] wrote: Really great news on Craig Mackail-Smith, Reckon with Ulloa up front to knock em down to CMS we can look forward to a productive front team.[/p][/quote]Yes, would be great but as Oscar won't play two up front unless we are losing, I shouldn't get too excited. ;-)[/p][/quote]Claude would agree that to play the single striker system you ideally need three fit strikers, and to play two strikers you need four, we have been lucky to have just two fit and have been as low as one. Ulloa, Obika, Grabban(possibly) and CMS, maybe Oscar can be more attack minded? VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

1:31pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Barney123 says...

Any news about Will Hoskins' recovery?
Any news about Will Hoskins' recovery? Barney123
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Gee Jay says...

Barney123 wrote:
Any news about Will Hoskins' recovery?
Yes, we would like to be kept up to date with ALL the injured players.
News of their progress would also help the players confidence to know that the supporters are keen to hear how they are doing.
[quote][p][bold]Barney123[/bold] wrote: Any news about Will Hoskins' recovery?[/p][/quote]Yes, we would like to be kept up to date with ALL the injured players. News of their progress would also help the players confidence to know that the supporters are keen to hear how they are doing. Gee Jay
  • Score: 2

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